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Old 09-24-2016, 3:26 PM   #21
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Sounds good! Can we call it Mini-Mac?
If there's great food involved, I'm in!

PS: Crawfish etouffee tonight, anyone?

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Old 09-24-2016, 6:41 PM   #22
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I'm coming if ......

If the next video shows any Red Snapper dish, I'll be down next weekend!!! We need to set up that tour bus A.S.A.P. !!

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P.S. We need to have ARC's meeting for August 2017 in Louisiana. Guess where at?

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Old 09-24-2016, 6:51 PM   #23
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Sounds good! Can we call it Mini-Mac?
We can call it whatever you like!! As long as I'm there; well .........; PRICELESS

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Old 09-25-2016, 9:06 AM   #24
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Only in New Orleans can you have a blowout practice party to get ready for a bigger party. I have been in NOLA a few weeks before St. Patrick's Day and there was a St. Patrick's Party going on in the French Quarter in the middle of the day.

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Old 09-25-2016, 8:18 PM   #25
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Sounds like y'all need to come get a sample of the experience in march at Fragniappe.

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Old 09-26-2016, 7:43 AM   #26
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How do people typically leave with livestock at these events?

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Old 09-26-2016, 1:05 PM   #27
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How do people typically leave with livestock at these events?


Great question. Interested in this as well. L


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Old 09-26-2016, 5:01 PM   #28
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Old 09-26-2016, 6:05 PM   #29
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How do people typically leave with livestock at these events?
Usually the vendors will put coral in a bag or plastic container. A healthy coral in a bag can last 24 hours or more. Keep the coral in a cooler to keep temp from fluctuating. I have traveled with coral for days at a time. Using a Coleman stackable cooler as a fish tank in hotel rooms. With a hang on the back filter and a small aquarium heater. Other than not having a light the coral feels like it is at home. Of course I have even traveled with a LED light just to make them extra comfy.

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Old 09-26-2016, 7:27 PM   #30
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Fish isle @ most stores

^^^^^ what Spike stated above. If your gettin' some fish or live coral; most stores that sell fishing tackle sells the battery operated air pumps used for minnows. They usually take 2 D batteries. Cost is around $10.00.

Be careful of temperature swings if placing livestock into a bucket for the long journey back home. You'll need a small heater if your gonna stay overnight at hotel, air conditioned room is a killer to livestock in a bucket.

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P.S. It wouldn't hurt to bring a heavy duty extension cord rated for the heater for the stay over in the hotel room.

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Old 09-26-2016, 9:09 PM   #31
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Let's assume I was flying out on that Sunday night, would vendors hold purchases for me until I the end of the day... Put the coral bags into a box and bring it in as carry on? Is that possible?


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Old 09-26-2016, 9:54 PM   #32
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I don't think you can bring most livestock as carry one due to the liquid restrictions.( unless they have changed). I am sure vendors would hold things without issue.

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Old 09-29-2016, 12:01 AM   #33
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I don't think you can bring most livestock as carry one due to the liquid restrictions.( unless they have changed). I am sure vendors would hold things without issue.

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I've been to a few MACNA's in the past several years. If you are able to show what you have in the bag of water is an actual living creature, the TSA will let you through. Especially during an event the size of MACNA. After the first 100 reef geeks with corals and fish pass through security, they get the drill really fast. So, just to be safe, make sure you are number 101.

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Old 09-29-2016, 8:51 AM   #34
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Booked your MACNA 2017 hotel room yet? You get first choice of room type when booking early!

http://macnaconference.org/2017/travel/hotel-discounts/



Rooms are available with 1 king or 2 queen beds and there are three price levels.

$149 per night, Standard room with no view option.

$159 per night, Deluxe room with choice of City view or River view. Higher Floors in Main Building or Riverside Buildings.

$199 per night, Executive Level room on highest floors, featuring access to the 29th floor Executive Lounge offering panoramic city and river views, complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon hors d'oeuvres.

3rd and 4th adult in a room are +$30/night each.




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Old 09-30-2016, 10:25 AM   #35
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Are you familiar with the Morial Convention Center where MACNA 2017 in New Orleans will be hosted by Bayou Reefkeeping? It has over 1 million square feet of exhibit space, covers nearly 11 blocks, and has over 3 million square feet of total space. The front of the main building is 1 kilometer long! It's an incredible facility!!!










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Old 10-04-2016, 10:45 AM   #36
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We are proud to still offer Full Conference Passes at ridiculously low rates starting at $119 for the entire three days of MACNA 2017 in New Orleans, hosted by Bayou Reefkeeping! Buy your passes today while they are available at these rates!!!

http://macnaconference.org/2017/registration/

Check out these pictures to see what you will experience. The price even includes a Mardi Gras parade through the streets of New Orleans! You are welcome to be in the parade!

Full conference registration includes 3 days of exhibit floor access, speakers, workshops and prize drawings as well as the Friday Reception at Mardi World and the Saturday Banquet at the Morial Convention Center.

Kids 17 and under have free access to the event, but require additional Reception and/or Banquet passes.




















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Old 10-04-2016, 10:53 AM   #37
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Not sure why the pictures are doing that. They are all 800 pixels in width..... Can't seem to edit the post.

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Old 10-18-2016, 10:40 PM   #38
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MACNA 2017 is in New Orleans, LA. on August 25-27, 2017 and it's hosted by Bayou Reefkeeping, the creator of Fragniappe!!! Save money and get a better room by buying your full conference passes and booking your hotel rooms today!

http://macnaconference.org/2017/registration/
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Stay at the beautiful Hilton New Orleans Riverside and enjoy the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center along with all that New Orleans has to offer!










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Old 10-19-2016, 5:51 PM   #39
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Back when MACNA was in Atlanta, I believe from the little I've read here at ARC; there was a good showing of ARC members whom came out to help with MACNA back then. My perception of gauging ARC traffic: its down from a few years ago. I have seen recent posts in the New Members thread go unanswered or minimal response. The For Sales thread has been actively busy recently. So maybe everything is equal overall.

Wannabee

I'm just coming back to the hobby after a few years hiatus. I can say that when we hosted MACNA in 2008, we had a large, very active ARC membership. I met a lot of cool people through the club. Our Christmas parties were awesome and highly anticipated events. At monthly meetings, (usually we rotated through the different LFS that would host it), we had power buys (salt, pumps, lights, etc.) almost every to every other month. Frag swaps happened several times a year. When we didn't meet at an LFS (or sometimes before or after the meetings at the LFS) we usually met somewhere to eat and have drinks. 25-35 people would be at every meeting. I have many fond memories of good friends and good times. Hope it returns to that.

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I'm just coming back to the hobby after a few years hiatus. I can say that when we hosted MACNA in 2008, we had a large, very active ARC membership. I met a lot of cool people through the club. Our Christmas parties were awesome and highly anticipated events. At monthly meetings, (usually we rotated through the different LFS that would host it), we had power buys (salt, pumps, lights, etc.) almost every to every other month. Frag swaps happened several times a year. When we didn't meet at an LFS (or sometimes before or after the meetings at the LFS) we usually met somewhere to eat and have drinks. 25-35 people would be at every meeting. I have many fond memories of good friends and good times. Hope it returns to that.
ARC is not alone here. Clubs in all areas have been experiencing such things in recent years. Many believe social media has been detrimental to forums which have historically been the gathering point and inspiration for many things clubs come together for as far as meetings as swaps. :/

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